Pupils visit Community Orchard to celebrate Blossom Day
The community orchard at Valleyfield Woodland Park, now in its second year, has been celebrated with the holding of a Blossom Day.
Pupils from St Serf’s, Culross and Torryburn primary schools returned to see how the trees were progressing after they and four other local schools planted the trees back in February 2016.
Parish Church News
Culross and Torryburn Parish Church serving the villages of Culross, High and Low Valleyfield, Newmills, Torryburn, Shiresmill and Blairhall.
Services on Sunday 14 May will be held in High Valleyfield Church at 9.45 am followed by refreshments, and in Culross Abbey at 11 am. These Services will be led by our Interim Moderator Rev. Liz. Fisk
Coffee mornings are held every Tuesday 10am to 12 – refreshments and a blether guaranteed, all welcome. The Kids Club meets on Thursday evenings 5pm to 6.30pm – details from Rae Hunter 881574.
Please note that unless otherwise intimated, all of the above meetings and events will be held in High Valleyfield Church.
The Abbey Café is now open 11am – 4pm daily excepting Monday’s. If you’re visiting Culross Abbey or just in the vicinity, pop in for friendly service at reasonable cost of a wide selection of home made baking, soup of the day, leaf teas, coffee and Nelson’s ice cream.
As part of a year long programme to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Culross Abbey, there will a light hearted interactive ‘All Age Pilgrim Walk’ on Saturday 20th May. Setting off from Culross east car park, thence along the shore to St Mungo’s Chapel continuing to the Abbey where a 10 minute talk on, and an opportunity to view a ’ Monks life’ exhibition will be available.
Participants are encouraged to dress up ‘medieval’ and not to worry about the weather!
The Exhibition in the Abbey, which features mainly hand knitted pieces showing various aspects of the life of 13th century Monks in the Abbey will continue to be available for viewing between 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday, and 2pm – 4pm Sundays until 3rd June. While admission is free, donations will be welcomed, however, a 50p cup of tea or coffee will be available in the adjacent Abbey Café for attendees.
Grants for paths on offer
Paths for All is offering grants of up to £1,500 to help community groups improve, maintain and promote their local community paths.
Does your group have a great idea for a community paths project but doesn’t have the money to carry out the work?
If the answer is “yes” Paths for All can help.
Click link for details http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/pfa/support/community-path-grants.html
Culross Abbey Café will reopen for the season on 9 May.
If you’re visiting Culross Abbey or just in the vicinity, pop in for friendly service at reasonable cost of a wide selection of homemade baking, soup of the day, leaf teas, coffee and Nelson’s ice cream.
Culross Festival 2017 takes place at The Stables, Low Causeway from Thursday, 15th June to Sunday, 18th June.
Visit www.culrossfestival.com for tickets and information.
Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre Needs You!
Volunteers Urgently Required – Can You Help Us?
Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre has been helping children and people of all ages with physical, learning, social and behavioural disabilities for over 30 years.
Since 1996 it has been based at its present location, a beautiful, peaceful spot above High Valleyfield Woods.
There are indoor and outdoor arenas, as well as a wonderful Sensory Park that’s constantly being developed and improved for the enjoyment of our riders and ponies.
Enhancing the quality of life in rural Fife
What is Fife LEADER?
The aim of LEADER is to support local, rural community and business networks, and farms diversifying their activities.
Top award for Woodlands group
West Fife Woodlands based at Shiresmill near Blairhall was presented with the “Community Path Group of the Year” award at the “The Surgeon’s Halls” in Edinburgh.
This award was made at the Paths for All 2016 Volunteer Awards Ceremony which was attended by Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP.
West Fife Woodlands was commended for developing and maintaining a network of paths in 112 acres of woodland with 1,600 volunteer hours expended during the last year.
Band seeking pipers and drummers
West Fife Schools Pipe Band are currently recruiting tenor drummers, snare drummers, bass drummer and pipers. Any children currently being educated in the West Fife area aged 8 - 18 years are eligible to join us.
We have a dedicated team of experienced tutors who specialise in teaching children.
No previous experience necessary; drums and uniform are provided. We practice in Rosyth, Fife, and perform throughout the area.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook for more details.
SESplan is the Strategic Development Planning .Authority for the Edinburgh and SE Scotland city region.
Its role is to prepare a Strategic Development Plan every 5 years that sets out a vision for the long term development of the region and deals with cross-boundary issues such as housing, green networks and transport. The current Plan needs to be replace in 2018.
'Hard hat' tours at Bennet House
Some forthcoming events at Bennet House in Culross.
Bennet House is a National Trust for Scotland Little Houses Improvement Scheme project, to restore a derelict building in the heart of the historic burgh into two comfortable and modern dwellings (details: http://www.nts.org.uk/Site/LHIS/Bennet-House/).
Building work has now started at Bennet House and we will be running fortnightly ‘hard hat tours’ on a Friday afternoon to allow people to visit, see progress and find out about the Little Houses Improvement Schemes work as the NTS’ in-house buildings preservation trust.
Woodlands 'highly commended'
West Fife Woodlands were Highly Commended in the 2016 Scottish Finest Woods Awards ‘Community Woodland’ competition for promoting Healthy Lifestyles, on Friday 24 June at the Royal Highland Show.
The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards recognises, celebrates and commends the dedication and commitment to the creation and management of Scotland’s finest woods.
Longannet Power Station closes
By John Le Marie
Longannet Power Station formally closed on 31st March after ceasing to output to the grid on Thursday 24th March. It is the last of the coal-fired power stations to close in Scotland.
It first began generating electricity in 1970 and once fully commissioned, was the largest coal-fired station in Europe. Prior to its closure it was the third largest, after Belchat? in Poland and Drax in England. However with its installed generating capacity of 2,400 megawatts it remained the highest of any power station in Scotland.
- March 2016 Update
Did you know that it only takes five trees to make an orchard? We have many more than that here!
In February, over 250 children from 7 schools in Fife helped to transform this space into an orchard for wildlife and people to enjoy.
If you walk here regularly you may have recently met children and teachers from Torryburn, Saline, Inzievar, St Serfs, Tulliallan, Culross or Holy Name Primary Schools.
Bennet House: A Study House in Culross
The National Trust for Scotland will be working on an innovative project in Culross this summer, restoring an historic building and in the process helping people find out how conservation skills are put into practice.
The building in question is Bennet House, a house which sits directly opposite The Bessie Bar Hall in Culross and has its origins in the late 16th/early 17th centuries.
Bennet House has been unoccupied for around 20 years and the damaging effects of Scottish weather, combined with a lack of regular maintenance and upkeep, have taken their toll on the building.
'Friends of Bandrum'
Most people will know of Bandrum Care Home, tucked away in the woods at Cowstrandburn, but how many appreciate that with 120 staff it is far and away our largest employer, or are aware of the considerable investment made in recent years to upgrade and extend the range of accommodation available for more than 80 residents from across the age range and with a wide variety of care needs?
Solar farms for West Fife Villages?
Given the past summer, people would be justified in thinking the last place for solar technology would be the West Fife Villages. Well, they're wrong.
Applications have been submitted to Fife Council for the erection of a 5Mw solar farms on Muirmealing Farm, Saline and at Grange, Blairhall.
Strategic Plan review
NHS Fife and Fife Council have launched a consultation to seek the public’s view on the Strategic Plan for Fife (2016-19).
Running from 7 October 2015 until the 6 January 2016 the draft Strategic Plan sets out a vision for the transformation of health and social care over the next four years. This includes widening the skills of teams, changing the way we commission services, strengthening partnerships and leveraging new technology.
Official opening of woodland path
A formal opening ceremony of the Blairhall to Balgownie Woodland Path took place recently, with the ribbon cutting taking place at the newly erected bridge over Grange Burn.
Attending were representatives of Fife Council, local MSP Cara Hilton, MP Thomas Docherty and other representatives from West Fife Woodlands, Valleyfield Heritage Project Group, Forestry Commission Scotland, Paths for All, ScotWays and the Scottish Ramblers Association. In addition, there was a good attendance by members of the local community.